Via Elizabeth S. Bolman, BSC Local Arrangements Chair
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The Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University is accepting applications to the Historical Studies track of the Master of Arts program from students interested in the study of Syriac Christianity within the broader contexts of late antiquity and the early middle ages.
Course offerings are focused on the history of Christianity in late antiquity, language study in classical Greek, Latin, Syriac, and Arabic, the material culture and archeology of the Eastern Mediterranean world, the intersections of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the application of the digital humanities to these fields through collaborative research projects such as Syriaca.org.
Students in the Graduate Department of Religion may also take courses from departments across Vanderbilt University including in Classical and Mediterranean Studies, History, History of Art, Islamic Studies, and Jewish Studies. Language instruction is offered on a rotating basis in Biblical Hebrew, Classical Greek, Classical Latin, Classical Syriac, and Classical Arabic. Vanderbilt also offers field work opportunities in the archeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Levant, including current excavations at Caesarea Maritima.
Faculty members offering courses in the program include Annalisa Azzoni, Jelena Bogdanović, Issam Eido, Phillip Lieberman, Richard McGregor, David Michelson, Joseph Rife, Betsey Robinson, and Choon-Leong Seow, among others.
Admitted students are eligible for two years of funding through the Graduate Department of Religion including full tuition and paid research or teaching assistantships.
Graduates of this MA program have successfully gone on to enroll at Ph.D. programs in a variety of fields including Religious Studies, Classics, Central Asian Studies, and Medieval Studies.
Inquiries may be directed to Professor David Michelson, firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is December 15, 2021. Late applications will be considered if funding remains available. Application details are available at https://www.vanderbilt.edu/gdr/admissions/ under the Historical Studies graduate track. The Graduate Department of Religion does not require the GRE for admission; however, a writing sample is required. The writing sample must be an academic paper no more than 35 pages long.
Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS AND SELF-NOMINATIONS TO BSANA GRADUATE STUDENT COMMITTEE
The elections committee of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America Graduate Student Committee invites nominations (including self-nominations) to the committee for terms beginning at the forthcoming BSC in Cleveland, December 9–12, 2021.
As per our by-laws, the elections committee, formed by the four outgoing members, seeks nominees who represent diversity in race, gender, geographic distribution, public/private institutions, and MA/PhD membership within the field of Byzantine studies. If elected at the 2021 meeting, new members will serve until the 2023 meeting, joining the four remaining members to form a board of eight in total.
Committee members seek to grow graduate membership and create a strong graduate community, bringing together students in all related fields of Byzantine Studies. Additionally, we aim to increase graduate attendance at the BSC through a guaranteed session and the presentation of annual committee reports at the BSC member’s meeting. We have found the experience very rewarding!
Please send your nominations (or any questions you may have) to the elections committee at email@example.com by December 9th. Please include the nominee’s name, rank, institution, and discipline; and please confirm that the nominee has agreed to serve if elected.
Elections Committee of the Graduate Student Committee:
Anna Carroll, Justin Mann, Caitlin Mims, and Jake Ransohoff
Brown University’s Department of Classics and Department of Comparative Literature invite applications for a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Critical Classical Reception. This position is to be held jointly with the Cogut Institute for the Humanities for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2022. We seek exceptional junior scholars who augment or complement the present strengths and diversity of our communities at Brown University, and who enhance our commitment to inclusive education and research.
We are particularly interested in scholars of Greek and Roman antiquity (broadly conceived) and its legacies, and who approach those legacies through a critical framework and as a means of addressing and engaging with urgent issues of modernity. We wish to foster engagements with the “classical” that challenge dominant narratives about the meaning, significance, and value of that material and of the Greco-Roman legacy at large, in both the European West and beyond. We would welcome teaching, advising and research that adopts a critical classical receptions perspective to explore topics such as ability, canonicity, democracy, disciplinary history, embodiment, gender and sexuality, ideology, identity, mobility and migration, race and ethnicity, and the nation state.
Applicants will have received a Ph.D. in a humanities field (including, but not limited to, Classics, Comparative Literature, Cultural and Area Studies, and Modern Languages) within the past five (5) years and from an institution other than Brown. The fellow will teach two courses each year, which will be cross-listed in the Cogut Institute’s Humanities course offerings. The fellow will also be affiliated with the Cogut Institute and expected to participate in the weekly seminars and other activities of the Institute. Fellows will receive a stipend of $61,500, with an increase to $63,906 the second year, plus benefits and a research budget of $2,000 per year.
All candidates should submit a letter of application, short descriptions (150-250 words) of 3-4 proposed courses, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references by February 11, 2022. Applicants must apply online. Applications received by that date will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is filled.
For further inquiries, please contact Johanna Hanink (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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